Valley Woodcarvers’ Expo

See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items, too. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. For more information, contact Bob Wills at (815) 634-4086.  


Sled Dog Demo & Seminar (Sun., March 1)

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will return for a sled dog demo (with seminars in the LaSalle Room) on March 1, 2015.  Outdoor sled dog demos will take place in the parking lot ( southeast of the Starved Rock Visitor Center).


Art in the Park

Starved Rock Lodge’s Art in the Park Exhibit is the largest collection of chainsaw woodcarvings in the Midwest. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the large Native American Indian head in front of the Lodge – entitled Chief Walks with the Wind. This carving is a tribute to honor Same Sine. Sam (Chief Walks with the Wind) and his family shared Native American stories and cultural programs at the lodge for nearly 50 years. For Read More


Teddy Bear Tea

Teddy Bear Tea in the Great Hall  Grandmothers, mothers and children! Grab your favorite teddy bear and join us for cookies and tea at the Lodge! Plus enjoy “bear stories” by Trish Kelly and activities! Take home a complimentary specialty tea cup! Reservation required. $17.00 per person. For more information or to make reservations, please call (815) 220-7386 or click the link below: Click here to sign up

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Spring Migratory Bird Hike

Join the park naturalist and local bird expert, Tom Williams, as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our spring migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Hike lasts approximately 2 hours. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m.  Hike lasts 2 hours.


Kids’ Corner

Hey kids! Looking for fun and facts to help plan your visit to Starved Rock State Park? You have come to the right place. Explore our fun online resources and get to Starved Rock for endless activities and educational programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Upcoming Events Search for Read More